He made the statement in Hanoi yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 7th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth, the first of this kind hosted by Vietnam.
The meeting, with the theme of 'Youth and Human Resource Development, Investing in the Future of the ASEAN Community', was an opportunity for ASEAN youth ministers and their counterparts from Japan, China and South Korea to discuss the aspirations of young people and consider drastic measures to boost their contribution to the ASEAN community by 2015.
It focused on encouraging young people to engage in leadership programmes and develop business skills, in addition to promoting co-operation among youth associations.
Speaking at the meeting, the PM said he valued the significant contributions of young people to ASEAN over the past 44 years of the community's existence.
He stressed that ASEAN young people, 60% of whom were under 30, would be the future of this regional network. However, their social and business skills would still need to be improved to meet practical demands.
PM Dung spoke highly of the meeting, saying it addressed a pressing topic for young people's development. He said Vietnam had always attached a special importance to the training and fostering of young human resources, proven by Viet Nam's strategic goals for the next 10 years.
He said young people in each member country should strengthen their co-operation with their partner nations, as well as with Japan, China and South Korea.
He expressed his hope that the ministers would come up with action programmes and initiatives on this issue, bringing the ASEAN community into the international arena.
The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth, which is held every two years, is one of many co-operative activities among the youth of member countries. It has attracted the participation of both high-ranking officials and youth representatives.
The results of the meeting will be reported at the ASEAN Summit in Indonesia this November.